Top 10 Neo-realist Films of All Time

  1. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1976, Chantal Akerman)
  2. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007, Cristian Mungiu)
  3. Lilja 4-Ever (2002, Lukas Moodysson)
  4. The Wrestler (2008, Darren Aronofsky)
  5. Bicycle Thieves (1948, Vittorio De Sica)
  6. L'Enfant (2005, The Dardenne Brothers)
  7. Pixote: The Law of the Weakest (1981, Hector Babenco)
  8. La Strada (1954, Federico Fellini)
  9. Umberto D. (1952, Vittorio De Sica)
  10. Los Olvidados (1950, Luis Bunuel)

1. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1976, Chantal Akerman) - 9/10
2. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007, Cristian Mungiu) - 9/10
3. Lilja 4-Ever (2002, Lukas Moodysson) - 8/10
4. The Wrestler (2008, Darren Aronofsky) - 10/10
5. Bicycle Thieves (1948, Vittorio De Sica) - 9/10
6. L'Enfant (2005, The Dardenne Brothers)
7. Pixote: The Law of the Weakest (1981, Hector Babenco) - 7/10
8. La Strada (1954, Federico Fellini) - 8/10
9. Umberto D. (1952, Vittorio De Sica) - 9/10
10. Los Olvidados (1950, Luis Bunuel) - 9/10

Lovely list. I wasn't even quite sure these films were neo-realist since I was of the impression it just included Fellini and De Sica. How can you find out whether they are or not or are you using your own definition? Because if so. It's probably my favourite type of film. I'll let you know when I see L'Enfant.

Oh just going by the textbook definitions. The definition is really broad, so it's no surprise some Hollywood films can pass as neorealist. I'll be making more lists of various subgenres later.

I guess Mike Leigh is essentially neo-realist too.